My Son Has HFMD


Last Sunday evening was the most disturbing day for me since we entered 2010. Aside from the fact that my mom and my husband are not around (too complicated to explain their whereabouts); my son got a high fever. So, I immediately let him take a pediatric paracetamol. His fever went on for days with no cough or colds. When Thursday came (and so as the money, thank you friends online – you know who you are!), I brought my son to the doctor to get a check-up. I presented my son with red spots on the upper portion of his mouth, palms, arms, legs and soles. As suspected, my son is currently suffering from Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).

Shocking! Well, HFMD is not related to the animal disease called Foot and Mouth Disease. They are from different viruses. Men can’t get animal disease so as they can’t get human disease. But still HFMD is contagious to infants and children.

Anyway, there is no specific treatment for HFMD but my son’s doctor prescribed an antiviral / immunomodulator syrup which is commonly used to treat chicken pox, mumps, influenza A, rhinovirus, measles, encephalitis, herpes zoster, herpes simplex labialis, hepatitis A, acute viral hepatitis B and herpes genitalis. The same medicine which is used to help individuals suffering from pre-AIDS/persistent generalized lymphadenopathy and AIDS related complex, neoplastic disease, anergy and hypoergy prior to major surgery and severe burns. She also prescribed additional paracetamol for the fever.

Several hours after the check up, my son’s red spots looked like rashes covering his limbs including his ears. So immediately after he ate lunch, he began taking in his medicines. Thank God! His body responded very well. If we were not able to send him to the doctor, he might have something like the picture at the left.

Now, these are my son’s current picture with his rashes slowly diminishing from his skin. I was not able to take pictures of the red spots from his mouth.

His medicines are about to get depleted and I need to buy another batch to complete the seven days treatment. My problem is we don’t have money anymore to buy his next batch. Aside from that, we are down to our last hundreds for our everyday needs. My husband salary will be on Thursday afternoon. So guys, I am asking for your help. Please pray that by some miracle that my online income will arrive soon. I believe that there is power in prayer and intercession. Please pray for my son’s immediate recovery and completion of treatment. Thank you very much and God bless!

Lifestyle Mommy Blogger and Virtual Assistant from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Aside from doing product reviews and events coverage, she blogs about solo parenting, homeschooling, and things in between.


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